By Noor Eszereen Juferi
Photo by Marina Ismail
JERANTUT, Feb 4–The Malay Heritage Museum, University Putra Malaysia (UPM) managed to relocate a 94-year-old Malay house,once belonged to a district headman in Jerantut, Pahang, to UPM to complete the museum’s traditional Malay houses collection.
Malay Heritage Museum Director, Dr. Muhammad Pauzi Abd Latif, said the house once occupied by the Jerantut’s district headman, Haji Ismail Haji Khatib Bakar, was deemed to be thespecial onedue to its unique architecture.
"Along the journey in looking for old Malay houses, this is the only house built with a stateroom and its wooden structure is still intact despite having gone through devastating floods in Pahang in 1926, 1971 and 2014," he said.
He added that the heir of the house, Zaharah Ismail, who is also the youngest child of the headman agreed to hand over the house to UPM for conservation works and educationpurposes, especially to the Malay Heritage Museum visitors.
"She also handed over a30-feet canoe, which is also the longest canoe made from a hollowed log and a set of nine-feet rowers," he said.
Meanwhile, the district headman was also said to have a relation with Tok Pahlawan Gendut, a hero who fought against the Britishrule in Malaya during the British colonial period.
Dr. Muhamad Pauzi was certain that the house would be used as a reference point for Malay house architecture researchers as well as future generations.
Previously, the UPM Malay Heritage Museum has re-assembled three traditional Malay houses;Rumah Dato' Raja Diwangsafrom Negeri Sembilan; Rumah Kutaifrom Perak; andRumah Bujang Selasar from Terengganu. - UPM